Category Archives: textiles

Washington State Flag, 3 NEVER Say “No Problem”

A whopping four decades I’ve been in the business — even though I am ONLY going on fifty 🙂 — and gads if this hasn’t taught me a huge lesson. Never, ever, ever tell a client something is going to … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag, 2

The historic flag, above hanging on the wall of the Reception Room, a grand ballroom, is not the flag in its original form, but seen with modifications. How does that impact the replication process?  The decision has to be made … Continue reading

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A little girl cuts doll hair and many years later…

They were found in a child’s coffin in an antique store in New Orleans! They traveled to Oregon; their new owner wanted them treated properly… The dolls have porcelain heads, arms and legs; Rhett had a broken leg that was … Continue reading

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Washington State Flag, 1

My rendering of the Historic Flag, above. Below, the Historic Flag in the State Reception Room. We begin the process of replicating the Washington State Flag originally made by the Washington State chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution … Continue reading

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Textile Conservation at Hampton Court Palace

Sometimes we try to explain to people who want items washed that we do not necessarily have the equipment to do THAT sort of cleaning; here is a great example! “See through the eyes of the textile conservators as they … Continue reading

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Taking Care of Your Antique Quilt

When in doubt, ask a conservator before proceeding.  Most conservators will offer assessments at a low rate, and an hour of their time might save your heirloom. A good rule of thumb is to treat your antiques like you would … Continue reading

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Quilts as a Microcosm of History

I am sure that more eloquent history writers than I have written on the role of quilts as historical objects.  I want to share my perspective on the single object that we: see the most distress over condition issues, even … Continue reading

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